Asthma Prevalence in the United States

Although the percentage of children with asthma is on the decline, African-American communities and those living in underserved areas still feel a disproportionate burden. The information below highlights the percentage of people in the United States who have been diagnosed with asthma as well as the rate of asthma-related deaths, based on a 2015 CDC study.1, 2

Percentage of people in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with asthma
Characteristic All Ages Total Children Age < 18 Adults Age > 18 Death Rate, per million
White Non Hispanic 7.8 7.4 7.9 8.4
White Non Hispanic: Male 6.3 8.7 5.6 n/a
White Non Hispanic: Female 9.3 6 10.1 n/a
Black Non Hispanic 10.3 13.4 9.1 23.9
Black Non Hispanic: Male 8.9 16 6 n/a
Black Non Hispanic: Female 11.5 10.8 11.7 n/a

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reports the following data for asthmatics living in the United States:

11.1% live of asthmatics below the poverty line

21% of people with asthma smoke cigarettes

13.8 million school days missed by children in 2013 due to asthma

9 people die each day from asthma

15% increase in the prevalence of asthma in the past decade

2 million visits to emergency departments with asthma as the primary diagnosis

Did you know?3

SOURCES

1 “2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Data: Table 3-1: Current Asthma Population Estimates -- in thousands by Age, United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last modified January 21, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/nhis/2015/table3-1.htm
2 “2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) Data: Table 4-1: Current Asthma Prevalence Percents by Age, United States.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last modified January 21, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/asthma/nhis/2015/table4-1.htm
3 National Center for Health Statistics. “Asthma.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Last modified January 21, 2017. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/asthma.htm

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